Coping During COVID-19

Woman in mask on laptop

6 things to do every day while practicing physical distancing: (1) Stick to a routine; (2) shower and dress; (3) get out of the house; (4) get some exercise; (5) limit news consumption & social media; (6) connect meaningfully with others online & by phone.

Resources for students – in Ithaca and elsewhere

These are unprecedented times with unique stressors. Whether you're in Ithaca, or you've traveled elsewhere for the remainder of the semester, you might need some extra support right now. Please reach out for help, and refer to the resources below for self-care tips and online support.

Support from CAPS

Telehealth appointments – available with no copay

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is providing counseling and consultation services through telehealth video and phone appointments.

Students in the United States can access counseling sessions through Zoom appointments, accessed through our secure patient portal. Consultations and referrals by phone and online secure messaging are available to students currently residing outside of the U.S. Telehealth appointments have no copay.

Learn more about our current CAPS services.

Community support group

COVID-related Death and Grief: A Support Group for the Cornell Community – a collaboration between CAPS and the Women’s Resource Center – meets via Zoom on Tuesdays, 12:00–1:30 pm, June 9 – July 28. The group is open to all members of the Cornell community; new members are welcome at any time.

24/7 phone consultation

Students can call us (607-255-5155, #2) any time, day or night, to speak with a licensed therapist from ProtoCall, our 24/7 support team of mental health professionals. ProtoCall therapists are experienced in providing support for common concerns experienced by college students, and can also refer you to other resources, when appropriate. (Consultation in different languages is available.)

24/7 chat & text support 

You can connect with someone now through one of these recommended hotlines or textlines, including options especially for students of color and LGBTQ students.

Other resources

Help with a disability-related concern

Visit Student Disability Services' COVID-19 page for information about disability accommodations and services during this time.

Help knowing how to help others


Donate money to an organization supporting people in need (like the Food Bank of the Southern Tier).

Help sew masks at Bartels Hall, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit the Cornell Public Service Center's complete list of ways to help.

Spiritual support during COVID-19

Cornell's Office of Spirituality & Meaning-Making offers these COVID spiritual resources.

Books to support well-being

The Illustrated Happiness Trap, by Russ Harris
Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn 

Face Your Fears, by David Tolin, PhD
Stopping the Noise in Your Head, by Reid Wilson, PhD
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, by Edmund Bourne, PhD
Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, by Jonathan Grayson, PhD
Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts by Sally Winston, PsyD and Martin Seif, PhD
The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, by Jon Hershfield, MFT and Tom Corboy, MFT

Feeling Good, by David Burns, M.D.
The Upward Spiral, by Alex Korb, PhD

Other topics:
The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown, PhD
Loving Like you Mean It, by Ronald J Frederick
Ethnicity and Family Relationships, by Monica McGoldrick
Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg 
8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder, by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb
Life Without Ed, by Jenni Schaefer with Thom Rutledge
Embody, by Connie Sobczak
Health at Every Size, by Linda Bacon